Saint Christopher the Patron of Travel

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With 2015 just starting, many people are making resolutions! I know a lot of my friend’s resolutions are to travel more and go on more adventures, which is what peaked my interest in Saint Christopher, the patron of travel.

Saint Christopher did not gain respect until the Late Middle Ages and did not become widespread until the 7th century, when churches and monasteries started being named after him. Christopher’s name means “Christ-bearer” that foretells his adult life may give a clue that his story lacks a precise historical origin.

His most famous story states that he came upon a hermit that instructed him to carry people across the river to safety. “After Christopher had performed this service for some time, a little child asked him to take him across the river. During the crossing, the river became swollen and the child seemed as heavy as lead, so much that Christopher could scarcely carry him and found himself in great difficulty. When he finally reached the other side, he said to the child: “You have put me in the greatest danger. I do not think the whole world could have been as heavy on my shoulders as you were.” The child replied: “You had on your shoulders not only the whole world but Him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work.” The child then vanished. Many people put small images of him in their vehicles or with them when they travel.

For all the travelers out there, perhaps you want to consider carrying Saint Christopher with you the next time you venture out or perhaps the entire Bible!

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